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alons
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Hi,

The Softaculous Team has decided that Softaculous will become a Premium / Paid Auto Installer. Softaculous has 100 scripts and is the best of its kind because of its simple design and fast speed. Its growth has been enormous and is still growing. The Pricing Structure is as Follows:
1) $24/year for Dedicated Server Licenses
2) $12/year for VPS Server Licenses
3) $150 for LIFETIME Dedicated Server Licenses
4) $75 for LIFETIME VPS Server Licenses

For all the current licenses, they will be Premium Licenses till 31/12/2010 i.e. nearly 1 year and 4 months. Also there is an opportunity for these licenses to convert to LIFETIME Licenses for JUST $24 for Dedicated Servers and $12 for VPS Servers. The offer is valid only till 31/12/2009, after which the lifetime discount will be removed.
You can purchase the licenses from here:
http://www.softaculous.com/clients

Existing License holders who wish to upgrade to the Lifetime Licenses AT the discounted rate please choose the $24/year OR $12/year option while purchasing. The license will automatically be converted to Lifetime when you pay for it.
If you have any questions please contact us at sales [at] softaculous.com

After listening to a lot of Webhosters big and small we made this decision.
- Many hosters voiced their opinions that Softaculous be made PAID for it to gain a greater reputation.
- Some said that they would like to use it but were unsure of its future and hence refrained from using it.
- Some said that they were selling hosting and would not like to depend on a FREE product to sell their Premium hosting.
- Some doubted the Support they would get as Softaculous was free.
- Some installed Softaculous alongwith other auto installers like Fantastico and Installatron and advertised that Softaculous is NOT SUCH A PREMIUM installer than the others instead of having nearly double the scripts, installing much faster and demos, ratings, reviews.

Hence we have decided to make it paid to give it a better image and also to give us some incentive to work all the more harder for it.
The team comprises of three friends who are all college students and code as much as we can on Softaculous.
The team has invested too much and not even recovered anything.
Softaculous has got all our backing inspite of all this and what holds in the future.

We know People LOVE FREE stuff and even we do! But some dont!
But for People who LOVE FREE STUFF Like us, Softaculous will also have a FREE Version consisting of 58 scripts. The number of scripts is more than those available in other PAID Auto Installers.

Softaculous 2.0 also holds many new things that will add to Softaculous Glory.
More 50 scripts are being added. Then why should people say Softaculous is not better ?

The whole website is also being worked upon and Support Center will be online soon. Lots happening here and we know you huys will support Softaculous.

Please post your views in this topic.

Regards,
The Softaculous Team

Edited by alons : September 23, 2009, 5:27 am

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rlshosting
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Could you guys offer monthly licenses for $3 for VPS and $5 for dedicated servers? Rates for bulk licenses too?


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RPD-Darren
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Have too say I'm disappointed.

I think support should have been a premium service, and not the script.
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Quote From : RPD-Darren August 27, 2009, 11:43 am
Have too say I'm disappointed.

I think support should have been a premium service, and not the script.
He could do a 5 domain license for free but not do it like installatron where you have to have 1 domain.


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SoftDux
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I'm rather disappointed in this move as well. For something that hasn't proven itself, going this route isn't the best. In fact, take a look at how well about 90 - 100% of the FREE Open Source scripts that you install do, because they are free, and because they are open source - allowing the community to put together a much much better product than 3 people would be able to.

Although you brag about the 150 scripts you have to offer, I have to yet to actually install more than 5 of them, which I haven't been able to. And then I got told by support that there's a problem with my server. In fact, the way my servers are configured doesn't suite Softaculous at all. Yet, at the same time Fantastico & Installatron both work 100% on these same servers. How is it possible that 2 other scripts work, and yours don't but you say yours is better?
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rlshosting
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Who gave you these ideas? I thought you said this was going to be free forever. I will not pay for your script unless I do monthly.

I am not going to run this on my server at all even if its free unless you do monthly. I will just go with installatron until then. You have not even updated the so called 50 scripts list on the 50 scripts post either.

Edited by rlshosting : August 27, 2009, 1:05 pm

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alons
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RLSHOSTING please undertsand that $24 / Year is much cheaper than $5/month which would total out to $60/year. Why do you want to increase the rate ?

Sir please understand Softaculous needs money to grow and survive. People are willing to pay for other Auto Installers and install Softaculous simulatneously. Its a move to let people know Softaculous is 100 scripts and better.

Softdux the point of having so many scripts is to satisfy the needs of many users at the same time. All servers are not able to suite all the 100 scripts and hence a script or two may not work. But we are here to make it work and to look into individual servers requires a great support team.

Please note again existing Licenses will be treated as PREMIUM LICENSES. You neednt pay a BUCK till 31st December 2010.

Softaculous had to take this move as its requiring a lot of financing which is not at all being recovered.
And we have kept a FREE Version having 58 scripts.

Edited by alons : August 27, 2009, 12:51 pm

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Quote From : alons August 27, 2009, 12:49 pm
RLSHOSTING please undertsand that $24 / Year is much cheaper than $5/month which would total out to $60/year. Why do you want to increase the rate ?

Sir please understand Softaculous needs money to grow and survive. People are willing to pay for other Auto Installers and install Softaculous simulatneously. Its a move to let people know Softaculous is 100 scripts.

Sir the point of having so many scripts is to satisfy the needs of many users at the same time. All servers are not able to suite all the 100 scripts and hence a script or two may not work. But we are here to make it work and to look into individual servers requires a great support team.

Please note again existing Licenses will be treated as PREMIUM LICENSES. You neednt pay a BUCK till 31st December 2010.

Softaculous had to take this move as its requiring a lot of financing which is not at all being recovered.
And we have kept a FREE Version having 58 scripts.
It may be cheaper to pay yearly for one server but I should have that option to pay monthly. I will pay more.

Who says nobody will?

Do you think I really care about paying more when I pay quite a bit for my servers, billing systems, and other things? I care about my clients and our company's well being.

I am not going to pay for 3 or more yearly licenses if I get that many servers.  $72/year..forget that.

Its easier to license 3 vps servers or 3 dedicated servers when I pay monthly so I do not have to keep extra yearly licenses without them being unused by a vps client.

I plan on offering VPS Servers in the near future.

I do not care about running something that was free forever and not free anymore.

I will remove it from my server now if I cannot pay monthly.

The reason why I do not go with fantastico directly is because I want monthly. The reason why I use Installatron is because I can do monthly.

Sorry for the edits. I am really tired and its early in the morning.


Edited by rlshosting : August 27, 2009, 1:09 pm

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SoftDux
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Alons, while I understand why you're financing your business, I think you totally missed the point I'm brining across.

You're going to charge for a product that doesn't work. Regardless if you had 100 scripts, or 1000 scripts, it doesn't work.

Oh, and all of the scripts that I can install via Fantastico works, yet softaculous can't install 20% of the exact same scripts. I also tested all the scripts you have manually and they could install & work fine manually. So, please don't blame the server.
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alons
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Monthly billing will be up as well.
Its your choice.
But at the moment you dont owe us a penny as you still OWN PREMIUM Licenses.

Regards,
Alons

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F0RD
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Sad News!
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rlshosting
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Quote From : alons August 27, 2009, 1:18 pm
Monthly billing will be up as well.
Its your choice.
But at the moment you dont owe us a penny as you still OWN PREMIUM Licenses.

Regards,
Alons
Thanks. That is all that I wanted. I appreciate it very much.


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RPD-Darren
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It feels like the product was premium, you made it free too gain numbers then back too premium.
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alons
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Sir you still own a Premium license and owe softaculous nothing. You dont have to pay anything to us.

Softaculous has grown because of all of you.
But costs need to be recovered and we need to make it better by adding more people working on it.

As we turned to premium we made all existing licenses premium without demanding a Penny. Also we have given an opportunity to upgrade to lifetime at the price of a year.

If Softaculous is to gain popularity we need to get everyone in the Basket.

Regards,
Alons

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mmmm bad news.... Is the same price of installatron u.u


Edited by urgido : August 27, 2009, 2:21 pm
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